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Woody Boyd
Portrayer Woody Harrelson
First seen Birth, Death, Love and Rice - Cheers
Last seen The Show Where Woody Shows Up - Frasier
Duration 1985-1999
Date of birth 23 July
Occupation Assistant Bartender
Family Kelly (wife)

Huckleberry Tiberius "Woody" Boyd is a lovable, albeit extremely naive and unsophisticated, character on the American television show Cheers, portrayed by Woody Harrelson. Woody came to Cheers at the beginning of the fourth season of Cheers in 1985.

Woody appeared in 200 episodes of Cheers between 1985-1993. He also made a guest appearance in Frasier in the episode "The Show Where Woody Shows Up" and The Simpsons episode "Fear of Flying".[2]


He was born on July 23. Woody hails from Hanover, Indiana, where he was voted the smartest student in school. He and his childhood sweetheart, Beth Curtis, were also voted "Couple Most Likely to Explode," as they were both obese at the time. It was later revealed that they always ate, to excess, around one another due to their palpable sexual tension.

Woody followed in Coach's footsteps in many ways, failing to understand the most obvious jokes, concepts, and situations. Woody was essentially a straight man for all of Cheers, though his humor stemmed from his misunderstandings. Woody once told Dr. Crane he was the smartest man he knew, apart from Cliff Clavin.

Woody seemed to have an off-center mentality, misunderstanding others' comments much as Coach had done. When Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers appears and starts singing "You've Lost That Loving Feeling", Woody asks him, "How come you changed your name from Righteous?"

Woody arrived at Cheers expecting to meet his "penpal" Coach (with whom he exchanged pens, instead of letters). Upon learning of his death, he filled the open bartender position, and was quickly accepted by the staff and regulars. He also developed a "big brother/little brother" relationship with Sam Malone, the owner of Cheers. In the coming years, he filled the void left by Coach and eventually married the wealthy Kelly Gaines (Jackie Swanson), overcoming her father's objections to Woody's lowly station in life.

In the final season, Frasier Crane orchestrated an experiment that went awry and resulted in Woody's election to the Boston City Council. He and Kelly were expecting their first child when Cheers ended. Frasier extrapolates on Woody's interest in a political career to the point that Woody becomes President of the United States and shows his displeasure with another country by using "The Bomb" (illustrated twice in Frasier's imagination as a mushroom cloud).

In the series finale, Woody mentions his disdain for "Huckleberry", the name his family calls him by. Norm asks if Huckleberry is his family's nickname for him, to which Woody replies, "No, Woody is." Implying that Woody's actual name is, indeed, Huckleberry. Although, in an earlier episode in which Woody proposes to Kelly Gaines on the eve before she is set to leave to study in Europe for a year, Woody refers to himself as Woodrow Tiberius Boyd.

Appearance on Frasier[]

Woody would later make an appearance on Frasier, the spin-off show from Cheers, in which during a visit to Seattle he reconnected with Frasier Crane, who had since moved there from Boston. After a one-night reunion, the two began to spend a great deal of time with each other - which gradually turned into an ordeal for both, as they quickly realized they had moved on from their past and settled into new lives (with, ironically, neither man seeing the other's life as being particularly fulfilling). The two men decided to part company on good terms, after sharing a final drink with each other. Although not shown, this episode references Woody singing, "What Kind of Fool Am I?"

In the episode, "The Show Where Sam Comes Back", it is revealed that Kelly and Woody's first child was a baby boy who is of normal intelligence.

Woody's political career was not mentioned in Frasier. It is implied (though not directly stated) that Woody has returned to work at Cheers.

According to Frasier in "Cheerful Goodbyes," at his going-away party at the bar, Woody grabbed onto his legs and begged him not to go.